This proposed case study is on the causes, impact and management of occupational stress in an organization. Occupational stress is one of the problems encountered in a workplace. It means stress related to one’s job1. According to the Health ; Safety Executive (HSE), stress can be defined as the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them 2. Occupational stress is brought about by factors which could be environmental, organizational and personal. Poor delegation of tasks, heavy workload, inadequate manpower for tasks, staff attrition, unwillingness to employ qualified staff, lack of staff training, poor work conditions, unhealthy relationship among employees, communication gap, poor disciplinary measures all fall under these factors. Occupational stress has a negative impact as workers tend to fall sick, lose interest in their tasks and may be absent from work leading to a decline in productivity and if not properly managed could lead to economic loss for the organization. Some organizations have policies on occupational stress management and both the employee and employer have roles to play in the implementation.
Data for this case study would be collected through interviews and administration of questionnaires to participants. This case study would give me a better understanding of situations that lead to stress at work through the employees’ perspective, effects of occupational stress and the cause of ineffectiveness of policies related to occupational stress management put in place by the organization and how it can be modified or better implemented. I would apply this knowledge when I return to my place of work in Nigeria and it would help in improving employees’ attitude to work and productivity.
I certify that this Case Study Proposal is my own work, based on my personal understanding of the situation or challenges and that I have acknowledged all material and sources used in its preparation.